Its recommended do not use viral products or procedures until consulting with your dermatologist and determining what is best for your skin type
Skincare is one of the most viral topics on social media. This has led users to face an avalanche of ideas for care, products, and procedures, some real and others are harmful that can alter the health of the largest organ of the body.
In addition to this, the lack of knowledge about the use of these products is sometimes a hindrance to achieving the desired results.
Whatever the case, the best step is to seek a dermatologist to help you decide on the appropriate products for your skin type.
"I have always insisted on the need to invest in a consultation with a dermatologist to deal with so much information and to have the correct use of the right products. If used improperly, there can be skin damage," said Dr. Sara Moncada, clinical and aesthetic dermatologist.
Another decision is to refrain from investing in viral products or procedures until consulting with your dermatologist and determining what is best for cleansing, hydration, and combating imperfections such as blemishes and wrinkles.
For the CeraVe advisor, Latin American women tend to take care of themselves a lot and tend to have oily skin, in addition to recurrent sun exposure compared to other regions of the world.
Therefore, the essential elements of skin care should be cleansers that do not alter the skin's pH, moisturizers, and permanent sunscreen.
"Radiation hurts the skin, and due to the geographic location, repeated sunscreen is required. Although in most of the region, we do not have seasons, which lead to variations in the level of moisturization or oiliness of the skin, care should be the general rule," said Moncada.
A basic routine
The first step to having an appropriate skincare routine is to identify the skin type. There are five types: "Normal skin is one with adequate moisturization and without redness or dry areas. On the other hand, if there is oiliness in the T-zone (forehead and nose) and the cheeks are usually dry areas, it is considered a combination skin type. In the case of oily skin with a tendency to acne, is considered oily skin. In contrast, when the skin is dull and usually has fine wrinkles, it is considered dry. Finally, if there is a tendency to redness and the skin is usually not tolerant to cosmetic products, it is called sensitive skin."
In all cases, adequate cleansing is required with short baths with warm water, using the correct cleansers that ideally contain ceramides. Avoid using a scrub or sponge and then pat the body dry and moisturize it.
If you exercise, the routine is before and after, but always take care to keep the skin hydrated and apply sunscreen. Use topical antioxidants such as vitamin C and sunscreen on the face.
Cleansing and healthy skin
When choosing cleansers, it is essential to consider what each person needs. Hypoallergenic moisturizing cleansers are ideal for normal to dry or sensitive skin, while cleansers with salicylic acid or niacinamide are designed for patients with combination skin or those prone to acne.
It is crucial to use the correct products because as dermatologist Sara explains, "If people with oily or combination skin use dry skin products, they will achieve an oily appearance by not having sebum regulators, and conversely if dry skin uses oily skin cleansers and moisturizers, it can generate a dull and tight appearance."
Your skin is unique, so it requires the correct guidance from a specialist, but cleansing and protection from sun rays are essential in any case. Are you already following these simple care steps?